A trip to Botswana allows you to experience one of the few great wildernesses left on this earth. Imagine a primordial world. Imagine the Garden of Eden. Imagine a time when flora and fauna existed in a harmonious ecological system. Africa Odyssey will give you more than you could ever imagine.
During the day, you’ll see a brilliant expanse of white that reaches to a cerulean horizon. At night, the stars sparkle like diamonds, seeming almost close enough to touch. The overwhelming silence wraps around you, making you one with the universe.
The surreal landscape of the Makgadikgadi salt pans is surrounded by the Kalahari Desert. There was a time, far back near the beginning of the world, when a lake the size of Switzerland lay here. Twelve thousand years ago, it evaporated, leaving behind the flat expanses of salt that you see now.
During the dry season, the only plants are thin blue-green algae. The air swirls, hot and dry. It is not suitable for man nor beast. After the rains, the wildlife comes. One of Africa’s largest population of zebras graze along with wildebeest and impala, as the lions, cheetahs, leopards, jackals and hyenas stalk their prey.
Rising up from the salt of the Makgadikgadi is a singular crescent-shaped formation, Kubu Island, constructed of granite, at least two billion years old, the smooth pebbles on its terraces polished long ago by the waves of the ancient lake.
Atop the granite grow baobab trees with their distinctive shape, swollen with the water they store for the dry season when large animals chew the bark to quench their thirst and smaller animals climb the branches for the nourishing fruit.
In the moonlight, when the white surface of the salt reflects off of the white granite of the rock, it is an unearthly scene of tremendous beauty.
Moremi Game Reserve
Africa Odyssey will take you to the Moremi Game Reserve that lies within the Okavango Delta, a rare landlocked delta. The Okavango River originates in the mountains of Angola and flows more than 1600 km to the delta. On its way to the Indian Ocean (or so it thinks), it fans out, creating a collage of lagoons, ox-bow lakes and thousands of islands of every size and shape, turning the delta into Africa’s largest oasis before the river’s water settles into the Kalahari sands.
The Moremi sees some of the most magnificent wildlife migrations in the world: elephants, hippos, buffalos, blue wildebeests, impalas, red lechwe, giraffes and, impalas, as well as being home to the most endangered species: cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.
The landscape is stunning with its savannahs, dense forests, sleepy lagoons and winding rivers. For a spellbinding experience, skim along a papyryus-lined waterway, such as the Xakanaxa Lagoon. A local boatman will pole your mokoro (dugout canoe) swiftly and smoothly past lush vegetation, abundant birdlife and the occasional crocodile lazing in the sun.